Rick rocks into Woodbridge Primary
SOMETIMES things just don’t go according to plan.
Despite solid preparation and a good feeling among the boys going into last week’s game against Hawthorn, it just didn’t happen for us on game day.
There was a really good feeling among the boys leading into the game and we were excited about the prospect of getting back and playing at the MCG.
But Hawthorn were just too good for us.
They beat us in the key facets of the game, similar to the grand final last year, and beat us by the same margin.
That was really disappointing to say the least, but all we can do is go over the game through the normal review process, learn from it and use it to get better.
The good thing about footy is that you get another opportunity next week and that means a derby at home against the Dockers.
It is a pretty big game for both clubs as we look to get back into the positive and Freo search for their first win.
There’s always plenty of heat in derbies and this will be no exception.
For a couple of our guys it will be their first experience in a derby, even for a couple of mature players like Jack Redden and Lewis Jetta who have just begun their careers at the club after moving across from Brisbane and Sydney respectively.
I’m sure they will enjoy the build-up and their first look at the unique rivalry between the two Perth clubs. STUDENTS at Woodbridge Primary School, near Midland, were treated to a visit from West Coast Eagles mascot Rick the Rock as the Eagles in the Community team kicked off 2016 school visits.
Given the visit came just after the Eagles’ massive round 1 win over Brisbane, there were plenty of happy West Coast Eagles fans in the audience, all eager to hear Rick’s messages about the importance of goal setting and what kids can do to reach their goals.
Former West Coast player Bradd Dalziell, who is now the club’s schools and community development officer, joined Rick in promoting the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, as well as the importance of strong friendships and reliability.
“The kids love Rick. He really helps them understand our messages and adds a bit of fun to the presentation,” Dalziell said.
“We haven’t been to Woodbridge Primary before so this was a great way to kick off our 2016 visits.”
The students will be in for another treat in a couple of weeks when West Coast play- ers head back to the school to reinforce the program messages.
The ‘Eagles Rock My School’ program visits more than 250 schools each year, reaching more than 50,000 students and their teachers annually to communicate many positive messages through Australia’s favourite game: football.
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Year 4 student James Townsend arm-wrestles Rick the Rock during the Eagles in the Community visit to Woodbridge Primary School.